This is the first revision of Biological Warfare Defense, which is the third in a series of publications being written by this Bureau on Passive Defense and Damage Control. It is intended to serve as a guide to naval shore activities in developing adequate protective and decontamination measures against biological warfare, and to assist the Civil Engineer Corps Officer in carrying out his assigned mission in biological warfare defense.
In developing defenses for naval stations, biological warfare has not been considered as an absolute weapon capable of disabling or destroying large portions of a community. On the other hand, it would be dangerous to consider it as an impractical weapon that presents no danger.
Although biological warfare has never been used on a large scale, its employment by an enemy is possible. Therefore, adequate preparation should be made to minimize the effects in case an attack is made. In the event of biological warfare, the Civil Engineer Corps Officer may be required to assume an important role in the defense plan of his station.
J.F. Jelley RADM (CEC) USN Chief, Bureau of Yards and Docks